5 Home Decorating Mistakes That Lead To Clutter by Molly Dennis


Many people tend to fall prey to the common misconception “clean” necessarily bears a connotation of being “well-organized”. Unfortunately, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Often things end up in their wrong places and even though the items on the shelves in your kitchen, for instance, are perfectly aligned with one other, something appears to be lacking. Yes, you’ve guessed correctly – free space is never available and your home seems to be overflowing with various possessions, leaving you with the impression clutter reigns all over the place. We have listed five common mistakes, concerning home decoration as well as suggestions how to steer clear of committing them.

Stacked Books on your Coffee Table

Stacking books on your coffee table is not likely to cause your visitors to think you are a “well-read person”. On the contrary, it will produce a far less desirable effect as your guests will experience severe difficulties in finding space for their tea cups and saucers. That is why, it is important to remember books and bookcases agree with each other, so make sure this is where you place your favorite novels. We recommend you arrange yours according to their covers’ color for a little extra effect.

Floating Shelves

Don’t get us wrong, floating shelves are a great way to save some floor space. However, when all four walls of the room are covered in shelves overflowing with memorabilia, it leaves one with an unpleasant, suffocating impression. It would be best to install a few floating shelves in your kitchen where you can keep your spices, cups and a few colorful plates for decoration. Don’t give in to the urge to hoard useless things as this will create a sense of chaos and lack of organization even in the most exemplary home.

Countless Kitchen Accessories

We can’t help but admit kitchen accessories and decoration have a charm of their own, but  there is (or at least there should be) a limit to everything. If the shelves in your kitchen are stacked with piles of stuff that don’t necessarily belong there, it is time for some drastic measures. Feel free to leave some of your favorite decorations on the shelves, but remove all the rest to free some space for your condiments, spices and other kitchen essentials. As far as recipe books are concerned, keep at hand only the one you use most frequently and place the remaining ones in your bookcase, where books rightfully belong.

Way too many “Decorations”

Sure, everyone likes to put on display all the memorabilia they’ve collected on trips across the world. But is this really the best course of action? The short answer to this question is no as it is precisely these “decorations” that leave your home cluttered, not to mention turning your living room into the Tate Museum of Modern Art is tacky and distasteful. Remove some of the figurines, candle sticks and vases from your mantel piece and you will soon notice the difference it will make. This will greatly simplify your Sunday dusting routine as you will not have to move tons of items from your shelves and furniture. Besides, who needs ten Maneki Nekos when only one will suffice to bring your home a good fortune?

Paintings and Photographs

Hanging artsy paintings on your walls can lend your home a nice feel but Tenancy Cleaning Canary Wharf advises to be careful not to overdo it. In most cases, these end up collecting dust and that’s that. Hang a few paintings that share a common theme, color scheme or motifs and lose the rest. Also, there is no need to put all your framed photographs on display. Keep the ones which remind you of moments passed you cherish the most and preserve the remaining photographs in a classy photo album. You will be surprised at how clean and well-organized your home will look.

If you manage to stick to these five decorating rules we have suggested, soon you will find your home looks much cleaner and organized. Without question, the greatest advantage of keeping decorations to the minimum results from the fact it would be much easier for you to perform your cleaning routine as you will be spared the necessity to remove so many items from your shelves. Thus, you will be able to dust and polish your furniture and shelves with a single swipe instead of spending your entire weekend, armed with a duster in hand.

Submitted and written by: Molly Dennis




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